New Carlisle Cemetery History / Photos
The cemetery was originally associated with the Honey Creek Presbyterian Church which was located on the site and, hence, the original name of the cemetery was Honey Creek Cemetery. It was founded in 1798, the earliest stones still standing are from the early 1800s. At some point in the 1800s, the church relocated. Eventually, the village of New Carlisle assumed administration and today the city owns and maintains the cemetery now called New Carlisle Cemetery. Records of early burials were lost when the church left, but the superintendent maintains a card index and plot maps that were reconstructed in the 1940s or 1950s from a reading of the headstones. Modern burials are still being made in the new additions to the cemetery, which is now about 25 acres with an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 burials.
The cemetery is located on the east side of State Route 235, approximately one mile north of US 40 and south of New Carlisle, at Musselman Road (southeast of the intersection). Interstate 70 intersects with SR 235 a mile or so south of US 40. The main entrance and superintendents office is on Musselman Road, but there are two entrances off of Route 235. The cemetery is open during daylight hours. The cemetery is under the administration of a board; rules and regulations are posted at the entrances to the grounds. Permission for permanent plantings must be obtained in advance from the administrators; applications can be made through the superintendent.
There does not appear to be any published history of the cemetery. The superintendent is not aware of any, either. However, there has been an inquiry about computerizing the burial records from a local genealogist though work has not yet begun as of this date (June 2002). Records of the dedication of the land and additions can probably be discovered in Clark County land records.
The earliest burial recorded in this transcription was in 1807 (John McKinney, age 4). The latest burials in the original transcription were in 1933 (Lizzie Barringer and Caroline L. McKee - at 110 years of age, the latter may be the oldest person buried in the cemetery.). At least two soldiers of the American Revolution are interred within the cemetery (John Boltenhouse, 1753-1825, and James Lamme, Sr., dates not recorded). John Boltenhouse also appears to be the earliest birth memorialized in this transcription.
There is a Civil War memorial in the cemetery where names of Civil War veterans are memorialized; whether the individuals are buried in the cemetery itself is not known. Names taken from the memorial appear in the transcription but only with the notation Civil War Marker. This may also be incomplete, subject to the same interpretation of Mrs. Brien's original intent.
Non-local queries should be addressed to New Carlisle
Cemetery, Superintendent, 11545 Musselman Road, New Carlisle, OH 45344. The
superintendent for the cemetery maintains an answering machine in his office
on the grounds at (937) 845-3624. During office hours (7am to 4pm ET, Monday
through Friday), he can be contacted there if he is not outside working in
the cemetery. The best time to contact him is between 12:30-1:00pm
"The Christian Church in New Carlisle is perhaps the very first of any kind planted in the whole region north of Dayton. Unfortunately, the earliest records of the church were lost many years ago. What evidence we have, clearly shows that it is among the first formed after the great revival at Cane Ridge, in Kentucky, in 1798, at which time the denomination first took the form of a distinctive church. A letter before us, written by Judge David J. Cory, of Findlay, Hancock Co., Ohio, says, "As to the date of the organization of the Christian Church in New Carlisle, I am unable to say. The first I recollect of it was in 1805, when I was about four years old; meeting was held in our cabin. I remember going to bed at dark, after getting a good nap, then be waked up by the singing, and lay in bed listening, and well remember how badly I felt." The Judge then says that he well remembers hearing his mother speak of incidents connected with the church that warrants the belief that the church was organized as early as 1799, or 1800 at the latest. After a time, the cabin on the Cory farm became too small to accommodate the people; a cabin church was built opposite the cemetery, on the Crawford farm, west of the Cory farm, where they worshiped for a number of years.
The church building in the village was erected about 1827; later, it was remodeled into its present condition-that of a substantial, comfortable place of worship. Among the earlier Pastors of this church were Stackhouse, Worley, Purviance, the Elder McCoy, Potter, the Elder Simonton, Baker and Reeder, and others who are held in reverence as earnest, self-denying men of their times. The church has maintained its organization under the times of depression and through all the various vicissitudes it has been called to pass through. More recently, its membership has been increased under the labors of the present Pastor, Rev. T. C. Diltz.
The Presbyterian Church, or the Honey Creek Church, as it was formerly called, is also one of the ancient landmarks of the Miami Valley. The first record of this church is found in the minutes of the Transylvania Presbytery, whose bounds are thus described in said minutes: " On the north by Cherokee Creek, on the east by the Alleghany Mountains, on the west by sunset, on the south by Tennessee." Rev. William Robinson was Pastor of the Mount Pleasant and Indian Creek Churches in Kentucky; salary, $110; resigned in 1802, and became Pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Dayton, Ohio, who worshiped in a log meeting-house that stood on the same lot now occupied by the court house. Mr. Robinson in the same year preached to a congregation on Honey Creek. The Rev. John Thompson, who was then known as the "Miami Joshua," preached to Presbyterian congregations in the Miami Valley in 1800, one of which was on the Mad River at Decker and Kreb's Indian Station, near Boston. Mr. Robinson and Rev. James Welsh visited Honey Creek occasionally until 1804, when Mr. Robinson organized Honey Creek Church and supplied it with reaching occasionally until 1807, when the Rev. Archibald Steel came to the county and settled where Medway now stands. Mr. Steel preached as a licentiate until 1815, when we find the following minute in the record of the Miami Presbytery: "A. Steel was examined in Latin, Greek, history, philosophy and theology, as parts of trial for ordination. The examination was sustained." And thereupon the candidate was ordained in the log schoolhouse at Springfield, on Buck Creek, in Champaign County, June 22, 1815.
The first meeting-house of Honey Creek Church was built of logs, in the cemetery south of Carlisle, about the time Mr. Steel began to preach to the church. The first Ruling Elders were Adam McPherson, Sr., John H. Crawford and Joseph Robinson, who were " set apart according to the book " by the Pastor, William Robinson, when the church was organized in 1804. The congregation continued to worship in the log church until 1828, when the present building was erected in the village. We will say here, the building was remodeled to its present appearance in 1866. Rev. A. Steel was Pastor from 1807 until his death, which occurred in 1831. Rev. William Gray succeeded Mr. Steel, and was Pastor from May 12, 1832, to April, 1841. Rev. E. R. Johnson, as a licentiate, was stated supply from February 28, 1841, to May 15, 1842, when he was ordained and installed Pastor (Dr. Lyman Beecher preached the ordination sermon), and continued to serve the church until his death, which occurred September 6, 1862. His pastorate extended over twenty years. Mr. Johnson was succeeded by the Rev. Lusk, he by Rev. G. Beaty, he by Rev. B. Graves, he by Rev. Thomas, then Rev. G. 111. Hair, lastly Rev. H. P. Cory. The church is now without a Pastor.
Number of members, 150. We find in the records of Honey Creek Church the names of many of the earlier settlers; among them were John Steel, the father of Rev. A. Steel, who died in 1818; John Forgy, Adam McPherson, Sr., Adam McPherson, Jr., Samuel McKinney, James Forgy, John Paul, John Wallace, Joseph Stafford, John Clengan, Stewart Forgy, William Holmes, John Ainsworth, John Montgomery, Abner Kelley, Ezekiel Paramee, who were among the solid men of the times, and did their share in clearing up the country, as well as sustaining the church.
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